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I was riding my bike along one early summer evening, enjoying the smell of spring and focused on the road beneath my tires, when I glanced from the corner of my eye and caught sight of a very large leafy plant that was huge, but clearly not a rhubarb. It instantly made me think of something I had recently been reading about in the news. I decided to return to the site of my brief sighting, so that I could study the plant more carefully. I couldn't believe how much larger the leaves were, after just one week. I was careful not to touch any parts of the plant, as I read about a toxic sap that can cause blisters upon contact, and wanted to exercise precautions. I picked a rainy evening for my investigation so the amount of daylight was a bit tough so it was hard to get good photographs and my reference materials got wet, but I do think I made an interesting discovery along an innocuous farm road in West Falmouth.
The leaves were very very large and impressive, about 3 feet across each, and they were lobed with deep incisions.
The leafs emerged in a cluster pattern, and there was evidence of seedlings germinating at the base of each plant. The stems were hollow, and about 3 inches in diameter.
N 43.779500 °
W -70.382820 °
West Falmouth Farms
Wed, 2010-05-19 18:10
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